What is Voice-Clouds?

Have you ever needed to help someone share vital information about the needs of a child, young person or older person (the client) when dealing with professionals from social care, education or health? Or as a professional, have you ever needed to gather that information? If so, and the client has specific or additional needs of any sort and/or they are going to be in a setting outside their usual environment, or away from their usual family or carers, you need Voice-Clouds.

It does not matter if it's for a few hours each day (which might be at school), or a day, a week, a month (which might be for respite) or on a more permanent basis (which might involve moving into a residential setting or into care) any situation like this means there will be a need for information sharing. Traditionally this has involved some type of assessment and the completion of detailed forms. Information gained in this way may provide information about all of the things the client cannot do and what is required to support them, though some details, for example, about medication, must always be provided by the doctors or other health professionals involved. But does this method tell the full or even the right story? To provide the fullest picture you need Voice-Clouds.

The format of Voice-Clouds is simple and it avoids the need for questionnaires or forms to be completed. Voice-Clouds only records relevant information for each client. You do not need to complete repetitive questions. Instead the person using the template just needs to have a helpful and productive conversation - ideally with the client - but if they are unable to communicate independently, with their family members or those who know them best. It is always led by the client and/or their family focussing on what they need now and in the future. It enables them to be involved in planning their lives, work towards their goals and identify the support they need to achieve them. This information is simply slotted in to the appropriate part of the Voice-Clouds template which covers areas such as communication, independence, physical needs and capabilities, emotions, interests and hobbies, hopes and ambitions, sensory issues etc. And there's no requirement to ask pointless, insensitive or irrelevant questions. This is the piece of the picture that will enable them to still live their life with their hopes and dignity in tact.

  • Jump to a section.
    1. What is Voice-Clouds?
    2. How is Voice-Clouds different and why is it important?
    3. Who should use it?
    4. The "Social Model"
    5. The "Medical Model"
    6. Person Centred Approaches
    7. Solution Focused (Therapy)
    8. Example documents (produced using the templates)
  • Jump to a section.
    1. What is Voice-Clouds?
    2. How is Voice-Clouds different and why is it important?
    3. Who should use it?
    4. The "Social Model"
    5. The "Medical Model"
    6. Person Centred Approaches
    7. Solution Focused (Therapy)
    8. Example documents (produced using the templates)

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